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@austonianews AustoniaTalk: Tim Minnick, a Leader resident, is the oldest fitness instructor in the world, according to the Guiness Book of World Records. He was also honored as the 2022 SilverSneakers Instructor of the Year finalist. #austin#goldsgym#guinessworldrecords♬ ALMOST HOME - Mad Adix, Marc Steinmeier

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Tim Minnick, a Leander resident, has been a fitness instructor at Gold's Gym in Ceder Park for six years. In his time as a fitness instructor, he became the Guinness Book of World Records holder for being the oldest active fitness instructor at age 79, as well as a 2022 SilverSneakers Instructor of the Year Award finalist.

Minnick became a fitness instructor at age 73, after looking for something to keep him busy when he sold his business and years after his wife passed away. But training has turned into so much more for him.

He says being a trainer has allowed him to meet lots of new people and be a positive influence in their life. It's also been important for his own personal health, he adds.

"I look at somebody and say, 'You can do more than you think you can do,'" Minnick told Austonia. "Almost all of them can... they just have to get in their mind they can whatever I'm asking them to do... and that's very enjoyable. I can cite cases for an hour, but it means something, and the bottom line is to take control of your health."


Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation

🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway